written by Vanessa Serrao
There are so many great activities that you can purchase online for your classroom but when you take the time to make activities or crafts it is more sentimental and also fun. It is always a good idea to think outside of the box and incorporate activities and a curriculum that are both educational but also fun. You also want to include themes that are linked with holidays and other topics such as spring, summer, Easter, Canada Day, etc. There are so many great things that you can do both indoor and outdoor so let’s take a look at some.
This activity is great and while it isn’t the easiest to make it is not super difficult. For this activity, you will need a cardboard box, clothespins, acrylic paint, wooden sticks, screws, a ping pong ball, and a hot glue gun. This activity is great for fine motor play, and it also teaches children about sports and about competition. This is a great activity that you can bring into the class, and it is also something you can make with your children. You can get them to decorate and paint it. This is also an activity that will keep them busy and occupied, and it is easy to play and teach. I really enjoyed making this with the help of my girlfriend and I felt more satisfaction knowing that this was handmade. I also liked that I was able to use clothespins. Clothespins are a great loose part, and you can use them for arts and crafts in so many different ways.
So, you want to incorporate an activity that teaches or enhances children’s vocabulary, but that is also fun? Well, this is the perfect game that focuses on sight word recognition. Children adore animals and specifically dogs. The aim of this activity is that you want to teach children words. So by writing the words on the bones you will show them the words and practice pronouncing them. Once the children have sight-read and pronounced the word they can feed the word that is on the bone to the dog.
At first, you may want to just show them the words to practice their sight recognition with words. But then you can show them the word and get them to pronounce it. In addition, a great extension for this activity is pairing it with a book about dogs. As an author, I paired this activity with my book Rudy The Beagle as it is about a dog and I took words from the book to use for sight word recognition. This activity is very easy to make and all you will need is a kleenex box, and you can go on Pinterest and easily print the dog and bone cards for free.